Patrolman Fred Guffey

Patrolman Fred Guffey

Alcoa Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1952

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Fred Guffey

Patrolman Guffey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for possessing illegal whiskey. A scuffle ensued between Patrolman Guffey and the suspect. The suspect was able to gain control of the officers weapon. The suspect fired two shots, one of which stuck and killed Patrolman Guffey.

The suspect fled the scene and was apprehended the next day after an extensive manhunt. The 28-year-old ex-convict, who had served a sentence for murder, was convicted of Patrolman Guffey's murder and sentenced to 25 years on December 6, 1952.

Patrolman Guffey was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army. He had served with the Alcoa Police Department for 11 months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Patrolman Fred Guffey will never ever be forgotten. His service to the State of Tennessee and to the city of Alcoa will always be appreciated. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

April 11, 2018

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